Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
Victory is the ability to fight five minutes longer than any other army in the world.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.
The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact - they have all enlisted for drink.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
Yes, about ten minutes.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!
Always make water when you can.
Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.
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